I’ve been thinking about Barbara Seranella, a wonderful mystery writer who passed away in 2007. I met her when we were both members of the Orange County Fictionaires. I wanted to hear her voice again and wanted to share this interview with our listeners. She wrote a great mystery series with Munch Mancini, an auto mechanic/amateur sleuth.
(Broadcast date: Jan. 12, 2006)
Elizabeth Strout, author of the new novel, Oh, William!, joins me to discuss voice, character, point of view, and so much more.
(Recorded on Oct 19, 2021)
This is a show I recorded in 2001 with the late poet Diane DiPrima when her memoir, Recollections of My Life as a Woman, was published. City Lights just released Spring and Autumn Annals, which made me remember this interview with Diane. Perhaps you heard it when it was broadcast (and podcast) 20 years ago, not long after Writers on Writing began.
(Broadcast date: June 2001)
Megan Abbott, author of the new novel, The Turnout, and I talk about plot, structure, and writing dark fiction.
(Broadcast date: Sept. 22, 2021)
S.A. Cosby, author of Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland, and I talk about his new book, writing noir, and…spoilers, but they come 15 minutes before the end of the interview and are carefully announced. You’ll have time to get away if you don’t want to hear them.
Alex Espinoza, Rob Roberge, and I talk with literary maestro Corey Roskin about writing noir fiction and our stories in the new anthology, Palm Springs Noir (Akashic).
(Recorded via Zoom on August 5, 2021)